This is a company in St. Louis that makes woodstove floor and wall shield protectors. Sheet metal outside and a mineral board inside.
What I find frustrating and all consumers should find frustrating is the contents of the mineral board. Does it or does it not have asbestos.
In our modern world, we should label all products that are asbestos likely as to "NO asbestos" if that is the case. There should be no assuming or guessing on the part of the consumer. There should be no burden to the consumer as to have tests done on a product already bought as to whether "they put asbestos into it".
The HY C Company of St. Louis should answer this post as to whether they put asbestos into their products. And they should label all future products as to "NO asbestos" if that is the case. By the way, I dislike the terminology of "asbestos free" for it is illogical. I know it means "no asbestos" but it is a play on words wherein it could mean the exact opposite in that it does contain alot of asbestos and the company is happy to not charge you. So the terminology of "----- free" should be dealt with by a government agency as deceptive terminology and that all items trying to convey the message of zero content of a specific material should use these sort of terminology:
Another item which in the old days needed no labeling was asbestos-rope that was usually applied to the doors of stoves. Today many are fiberglass. Here again the consumer should not have to wonder whether it is asbestos or not and the store items should be labeled as to "no asbestos". And it is the case that many things in the hardware store that could and should need a content label simply have none at all. Some material content is obvious but others are highly questionable. For example, last spring I bought a vinyl shade covers for windows and was concerned about the contents.
So I believe that hardware should have content labelling for items that are questionable because there are many items that are questionable.
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